1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

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411 reviews
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The Chefs at 1817 have put together an incredible menu that we can’t wait for you to experience. 1817 is open year-round Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-10pm, Saturdays 11am-10pm and Sundays 11am-9pm (Kitchen closed from 3 to 3:30pm for changeover from Brunch to Dinner service on the weekends). Walk-ins are always accepted, although reservations are encouraged. We feature Brunch service every Saturday/Sunday from 11am-3pm. The largest online reservation we accept is for 10 guests. We do not have a table that can accommodate more the ten guests. Multiple reservations made by the same person/party will not be seated together.
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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Pros
Plenty of parking
Waiter was friendly and nice
Scallops and seabass were delicious - would get it again
Spacious dining area

Cons
Paella is overpriced $34 and small smelly mussles (but they were very nice about replacing which is a pro)
Beer bread was tough (but again they were nice enough to replace it with fresh bread and served warm)

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HD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food excellent, prices very reasonable! Service also,excellent. Will definitely return.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. The experimental beer menu is always top notch.

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LY
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Loved the ambiance of the place. Would definitely go back to hang out with friends and drink beer.

The food execution was not great - the avocado on the avocado toast was too mushy (a bit brown), the bread in the eggs benedict was too thick (overpowering), the eggs on the eggs benedict were not runny, the "fresh fruit" was not fresh at all (had to ask for another and it was still old - a bit sour, could tell it had been "frozen" probably in the cold fridge over night maybe?), the breakfast burrito was "wet".

Would try their regular lunch or dinner menu to see if it's any better.

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SC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Took a while to get waited on at first,but I think it was because they had just opened for the day.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch. Food is always great as well as the service

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VQ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good food. Although portion size for entres were on the smaller side. Good selection of beers. Will be back!

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TH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool vibe & great beers. This place is amazing to see and very family friendly.

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E
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance make this place. Food was almost awful.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was decent, food was ok, but overpriced for what you get.

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RL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The beer, atmosphere, and service were amazing. For food choices we ordered the chorizo and shrimp flatbread, which was amazing!, and the fried chicken biscuit. The chicken busicuit was very bland and not appetizing at all. Our server was amazing and of course the beer was phenomenal. Overall, we had a great experience, however, would sit downstairs and get bar food in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an ideal meeting spot for our family to gather for three hours. We enjoyed the fresh draft beers, indoor restaurant, and then lounging at one of the numerous outdoor picnic tables afterwards. Guinness has created a friendly family campus. We will be back another day. Thank you for your insightful planning in encompass so much in one place: educational founding Guinness tour, relaxed indoor dining, outdoor corn-hole + food trucks, shopping and a large green space for kids and the young at heart.

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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food! Great ambiance! The only hiccups was the service but it wasn't too bad. Great recommendation for beer that paired with the food.

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D
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to the restaurant there for my 21st birthday and had a great time! The sampler is reasonably priced, the beers were good, the theme was cool, and the service was pretty attentive!

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We took the brewery tour and than had dinner at 1817. The tour was average with a good tasting and guide. Our lite dinner at 1817 was good. Great atmosphere, I would suggest that the big plates on the menu be changed to lower priced items featuring more Irish dishes leaning toward pub style food.

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Gnats destroyed our experience at the restaurant. The creme brûlée was two small as compared to the other deserts. Two Bites at most. Menu was very refined without commonly used ingredients. Didn’t order some items since we didn’t understand the menu.

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AD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time great food
A little disappointed no mention about our birthday celebration request

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Responded 7 days ago

Anita, thank you for choosing the Guinness Open Gate Brewery to celebrate a birthday. We're sorry this wasn't mentioned during your meal. We hope you enjoyed your visit and we'll see you again soon. Cheers!

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R
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The place is not set up to quiet down noise levels so it's quite noisy. I enjoyed all but 1 of the beers I chose to taste. I especially liked the Milk Stout and of course Guiness is always a winner in my book. I did however find the food mediocre and pricey. The overall environment was quite pleasing. Party/pub like atmosphere. Would like to go back and enjoy outdoor seating. All in all a most enjoyable outing. Put it on your list of fun places to visit. Plenty of parking too.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Remie, thank you for sharing your feedback. We will be sure to pass along to our team, and hope to see you back for another visit in the future.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious with plenty of options for everyone, including vegetarians. The service was friendly and helpful. The restaurant itself is very cool-looking, too.

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Responded 5 days ago

Remy, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! Please come visit us again soon.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great atmosphere and obviously great beer.

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Responded a day ago

Hi there, thank you for being a fan and sharing your feedback! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, a fantastic experience. The paella, for the amount of food, was pricey, but the service and overall experience made it ok

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Responded 5 days ago

We're glad to hear you were well taken care of during your time here! Thank you for visiting and sharing your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious crab bisque!

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Mary!

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SP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very unique venue, you go for the beer and will not be disappointed. The restaurant menu is a bit odd - $17 burgers (got that, excellent) then entrees jump into the $30s. Restaurant service excellent, bar a shade below. You can get food at the bar also, a whole different selection. When we pulled in and I saw the number of cars, I thought we'd be shoulder-to-shoulder with other patrons, but turned out not to be that way at all. The place is suitable for all ages, from families with kids to dates to the elders.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hey Steve, glad to hear you had a great time at our brewery and restaurant. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we really enjoyed ourselves! Food was delicious, beer was cold, service was quick without being overbearing. We were able to relax while enjoying our food and drinks. Looking forward to visiting again!

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Responded 5 days ago

Suz, thank you for joining us! We hope to see you back again soon for another relaxing visit. Cheers!

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ND
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool venue. Beautiful setting and lovely staff. Our server Jason Savage was amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable, and made our first time to the brew house rememberable. Will definitely be back!

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Glad you had a great time, Brian! Thanks for visiting us.

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Going with a party of college kids, we all appreciated the reasonably-priced brunch and taproom menus. I quite enjoyed my eggs Benedict, and everyone I was with had a similar positive reaction. The taproom and outdoors environments are great for an easygoing weekend hangout with friends or family.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Glad you had a great time, Brian! Thanks for visiting us.

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HW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

If you are looking for a high energy location with good food then you have a winner. We had a minor issue with bringing out all of the food at once (and serving all of it warm) but I think that was an aberration. The staff was nice but was not always available to see if you needed anything, those that wish to be left alone love this, those that needed additional items felt left out (being aware of a tables needs and not be pushy can be a tough one sometimes)

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi Howard, thank you for your visit! We appreciate the feedback and will pass this along to our team. If you have any additional feedback, please send us an email with your phone number to NewGuinnessBrewery@Diageo.c om.

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FF
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun spot for casual dining. Food was very good, served hot, which many places can't pull off these days. Server was friendly. Beer was cold. Can't wait for warmer weather and outdoor dining.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for visiting! We're excited to see you back again this summer.

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and staff extremely friendly and helpful

1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Responded 7 days ago

Cheers and thanks for coming to see us, Linda! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Average food. Good beers. Very friendly people

1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Responded 7 days ago

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We'll be sure to pass this along to our team!

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d
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing; space is really cool- I can’t wait to go back when the weather is warmer.

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Responded on April 14, 2019

Cheers, Dana! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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E
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great beer. Food a little pricey.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Cheers! Thank you for your visit.

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PL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food , service and atmosphere was outstanding. The menu could be a bit more versitile and the choice of music in the dining area reviewed . It seems like the dining room crowd is a bit older
than the folks at the bar downstairs and the music sometimes is too "modern" . Over all the place is great. The hamburgers are terrific.

1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Responded on April 15, 2019

We appreciate the feedback, Patrick! Please come back to see us again soon.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and great service from our server at 1817. The sea bass was outstanding as well as the burgers. Get the brown bread! We also had beer flights and appetizers in the Tap Room. Only complaint was that there is no service in the Tap Room. You have to order and pay for your drinks and food and then find a table.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

We appreciate the feedback, Marcela. Hope to see you again soon!

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RT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I had higher hopes for the meal, but we were there on a Sunday afternoon and were offered the Brunch menu and a short Lunch menu. Not a big fan of Brunch especially with beer. The Asparagus salad was good, and my partner had breakfast, but the burgers going past us looked like a better bet. However missing the fish & chips option felt like a loss.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Thanks for joining us, and we're sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with your meal. We'll be sure to pass along your feedback to the team.

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JB
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice first visit. Brunch menu has something for everyone, beer selection is of course outstanding, and the service was great!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Cheers, Joel! Thanks for joining us for brunch.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the decor and vibe. Service, while very pleasant, was slow (for instance, it took 10 minutes for a beer to be poured and delivered in a half full dining room). The food was excellent and priced fairly. My one issue was with making the reservation: we had to change the original reservation to accommodate more guests, and the restaurant does not allow for large parties to book with open table. It worked out, we made two separate reservations and were seated together comfortably.

1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We're sorry about the inconvenience, and will pass along your feedback to our team. Cheers!

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L
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for a birthday brunch. After trying to call yo amend reservation without any success, we arrived and needed additional seating. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table while there were plenty seats available. The table we were given was too small for our party.
We were not offered an up to date tap menu. We would have liked to try the nitro coffee stout. The chicken and biscuit had a super dry biscuit and salty chicken.

1817 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi there, thank you for being a fan. We appreciate you reaching out to us and are sorry to hear about your experience. Can you please send us an email including your phone number to NewGuinnessBrewery@Diageo.c om so we can learn more about your dining experience?

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W
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Was celebrating an anniversary here for brunch on Sunday. The poor experience began from the beginning by getting seated next to the kitchen in a fairly empty restaurant. When asked for another seating location it was met with a perception of reluctancy but words of customer service first by what appeared to be a floor manager. It continued through the meal with stale and luke warm cinammon rolls (pointed out nicely to waitress), room temperature main courses served in cast iron skillets that were used only for decoration (surprising that they weren't hot after first conversation about rolls), and stale biscuits. I'm not a chef but it seems to me that zapping that cast iron skillet in the oven at 450/500 for 5 min would solve the issue. It's very unfortunate because the taproom experience has always been top notch and I had very high expectations for the restaurant. Not being able to execute on hot food for brunch certainly leads me to believe the same would occur at dinner. For the prices and the atmosphere you would expect high quality but delivers with low quality food preparation. I will 100% be back for the taproom and outside atmosphere when it's nice out. It's highly unlikely I will be back to partake in the restaurant again, unfortunately.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi William, We appreciate you reaching out to us and are sorry to hear about your experience. Can you please send us an email including your phone number to NewGuinnessBrewery@Diageo.c om so we can learn more about your dining experience?

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K
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but our service was lacking. For example, when I inquired about our missing appetizer, the server who brought out our dinner entrees said she doesn’t know and that wasn’t her responsibility. The response was crazy. She didn’t offer to check with the kitchen or ask the primary server. Service definitely needs more work!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Kathy, We appreciate you reaching out to us and are sorry to hear about your experience. Can you please send us an email including your phone number to NewGuinnessBrewery@Diageo.c om so we can learn more about your dining experience?

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